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We have included this film in our program to illustrate the work and
contributions of Florence La Badie, a star of Silent Hall of Fame.
"Tannhauser" ("Tannhäuser" in German) is a short fantasy
drama made by Thanhouser Company. Because the film title and the company
that produced it look almost the same, let's clear a possible confusion.
The film is based on "Tannhäuser", an opera by the German composer
Richard Wagner; Tannhäuser is the name of the main male character of this
Thanhouser Company was created by Edwin Thanhouser in 1910. It
produced 1030 silent films (per IMDB).
Tannhäuser (James Cruze) and Princess Elisabeth (Marguerite Snow) fall in love,
but she is engaged to Wolfram (William Russell). Then Tannhäuser is
enchanted by the pagan goddess Venus (Florence La Badie).
Most of the film consists of extended religious episodes, which may or may
not appeal to contemporary audiences. For this reason we offer you two
versions: the first one is the whole film and the second one includes only the
episodes with Florence La Badie.
Let's all give our thanks to Ned Thanhouser for the outstanding work he has done for the past 25+ years in archives around the globe to acquire and publish on DVD and online Thanhouser films starring Florence La Badie.
Directed by Lucius J. Henderson Produced by Thanhouser Film Corporation Starring James Cruze, Florence La Badie, Marguerite Snow, William Russell Distributed by Mutual Film Release date July 15, 1913 Running time 40 minutes Country United States Language Silent film, English intertitles
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